The common refine from the hosts of “Manufest 2016” was “they came, they saw and they were delighted.” manufest-2016Almost 200 high school student invested their Saturday morning to participate in the third annual event highlighting manufacturing careers in Montgomery County. They were hosted by company leaders from 34 manufacturing companies and representatives from 22 schools. The critical component in all of this was the fact that almost 70 parents came along for the show as well.

The key ingredients making up the show were equipment displays and show & tell edge-factor.JPGsessions by the manufacturers, break out question and answer session with participants, company leaders and educators and an auditorium event featuring Jerry Bout from “the edge factor show”. Mr. Bout talked about the fact that “manufacturing for a lot of people is invisible.” His goal was to make career pathways in manufacturing as vivid and visible as possible. The program was lively, interactive and stimulating.

The manufacturer’s alliance members have been very vocal in their desire to support any activities addressing the skills gap issue in our region. Many of them showed “actions speak louder than words” by their participation in the event and follow up involvement with local schools themselves. Bud Tyler, EF Precision spoke at a manufacturing information session at Hallowell Elementary School on March 29th. Building the pipeline begins at the earliest level possible.